Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving...

This is an old photo, but I can't help showing it every year.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Still eking it out...

Believe it or not, I'm still harvesting.  I saved 5 pounds of deer roasts for jerky and today was jerky day.  I also canned 6 jars of stew meat.  Yum!

Last year was hard on everything and we ended up without a raspberry harvest.  This is the first year since we moved here I haven't had raspberries.  Finally the inevitable happened... we ran out of raspberry jam (my husband's favorite).  I dug through the freezer and found a bag from last year.    Jam it is.   I even managed to get 10 pints.

The beekeeper stopped by and dropped off 10 pints of honey.  It looks white in the photos, because it froze.  A hot water bath will bring it back to life.  

Last, but not least I bottled up my Rowdy Rhubarb and Perfectly Peach wine.  I was a little concerned about the peach, but maybe it will taste better after it ages some.  I don't know why I get such a kick out of taking photos of my harvest, but bare with me.  

There is more jerky in the oven.  That little bit is just for representation.  The little wall hanging is something I've trying to finish today.  I really had fun making the tree.  There was a wonky star, but it turned out awful, so I took it off.  

I'm not the only one still harvesting.  The turkeys finally realized that there were still crab apples on the tree.  Two jumped up trying to get them and several stayed on the bottom gathering what fell off.  My husband got a few photos for me.

I am finally done.  Of course, there will still be wine.  I make a batch once a month.  I think I am ready to settle in for the winter and projects.  I'm looking forward to doing some quilting. What are your plans and projects for the winter?  

I also will be making projects for the Christmas in the Country Gift exchange, hosted by Robyn at The Ranch Wife Chronicles.  If you get a chance stop by and sign up.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Winter let fall fool us all...

Winter let fall fool us all.  We were enjoying 70 degree days and then BAM, the polar vortex nailed us.  I went to work Thursday and it was -20.  Blah.  Did Old Man Winter have to come in with such a bang?  

We braved the cold temperatures to go hunting this morning.  I actually wasn't looking forward to it.  Last year I didn't see anything and finished the season with a bowl of tag soup.  Again I was fooled.  Despite the cold (5), snow, and strong winds it was a great hunt.  

I saw a small doe on the hike into my spot.  I decided to sit tight and my instincts were right.  A nice buck showed up and gave me plenty of time to make the decision to pull the trigger.   It was a good shot and I took my time dressing him out.  I had wonderful company as a covey of curious sharp tail grouse flew in to watch me.  By the time I was finished and had pulled him to a place where he could be loaded, my husband arrived.  We loaded him up and brought him home.

Tomorrow, I will be the butcher and we will eat grilled back straps.  A much more delightful meal than tag stew.
 I enjoyed watching them hang upside down to reach the Russian Olive berries.  They watched my progress with great interest.

It wasn't a bad way to start the winter.  At least we will have plenty of venison on these short cold days.  Happy hunting.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Winter is coming...

Winter is coming.  It was bound to happen.  We have had a good run of it.  One of the nicest falls we have had for a long time.  I didn't need the weather service to tell me a storm was coming the birds and chipmunks were a pretty good indicator.  

The chipmunks really enjoy the squirrel feeder my parents gave me.
The cry of the cranes as they fly over.
The turkeys are frequent visitors.  Would they be so bold if they knew Thanksgiving is around the corner?
The goldfinches, pine siskens, and white breasted nuthatches are sure thirsty.
If you are wondering why there are so many sunflower hulls in my bird bath the photo below will explain.  He likes to picnic by the water.

 This nuthatch has it all figured out.  He grabs a seed from the feeder, crams it into the crack, and then pecks until he gets it open.  It is a pretty slick deal.  The pine sisken below is looking to see if the nuthatch is getting seeds from the crevasse.  He seems confused.

I'm very pleased with the bird bath and feeder we made from the old cow drinking bowls.  On one side the blue jay is getting a drink and on the other he gets his peanuts.
I guess I'm as ready for the snow as I will ever be.  Hope my furred and feathered friends have filled their bellies.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Twenty and counting...

This week was perfect!  My husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage.  Something I am extremely proud of.  Why?  Because we made it look easy.  

We spent the day Jeeping, enjoyed a picnic on a ridge overlooking the Hills, had Roughlock Falls all to ourselves, took a wonderful nap, and then went out to eat.  It was grand spending the day with my best friend.  

I also grew a little older this week (thanks for the birthday wishes Robyn).  I say it every year and I'm still saying it... "I love to get older."

I am happily married to a very thoughtful man.
I live in a beautiful cabin in the woods.
I have a strong and supportive family and in-laws.
I know wonderful people and gladly call them friends.
I work with great students and staff.
I have a happy dog that greets me at the bottom of the steps every morning.
I am healthy and somewhat in shape (thanks to my doggie running partner and husband walking partner).
I am truly blessed.  Why wouldn't I want to celebrate another year?

I am a lucky woman.  My birthday wish is that all of you are happy, supported, settled, and healthy.